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by r louis scott
March 20th, 2010, 2:56 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 3990

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

I'm not so sure that is "conventional wisdom" so much as it is "what a lot of people do". Since you are the one that has to be comfortable with your process, I would advise to do as you please. I am terrible for fashioning one paragraph at a time and not moving on until I am satisfied with it. If I ...
by r louis scott
March 18th, 2010, 8:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chasing the Market...
Replies: 9
Views: 4658

Re: Chasing the Market...

To think much more practically for just a moment, let's say that you queried your book today and were signed with an agent by the beginning of May. The agent might suggest some changes and there would be some back and forth and after all of that, let's say that for the sake of argument, you had a bo...
by r louis scott
March 15th, 2010, 11:29 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Y'all come enter my contest!
Replies: 9
Views: 1474

Re: Y'all come enter my contest!

I think I have an internet stalker. They follow me around and give me one vote when I enter something like this.
by r louis scott
March 10th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Avoiding the info-dump
Replies: 13
Views: 4214

Re: Avoiding the info-dump

Depending on how prevelant a theme this is for your book, you could always use the Issac Asimov Method. He put a "quote" from the Encyclopedia Galactica at the beginning of each chapter to help give the reader some backstory. Since it prefaced the chapter, it didn't interfere with the flow of the st...
by r louis scott
March 5th, 2010, 11:53 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Swearwords. US vs. the rest
Replies: 22
Views: 2861

Re: Swearwords. US vs. the rest

Well by Boudicca's buttocks, such a topic to tackle so early in the day! I don't know where you are getting your information, eringayles, but really, most Americans aren't too prudish when it comes to the printed word. I wouldn't worry too much about it, and if there IS something terribly offensive,...
by r louis scott
March 5th, 2010, 11:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do short story creds matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: Do short story creds matter?

That's just the way it is, kristi. Unless you are writing mystery or science fiction or maybe children's, there really aren't all that many outlets these days for short fiction. There are a few of the literary ones but I'm a storyteller and therefore don't fit well there. When you research on duotro...
by r louis scott
March 4th, 2010, 11:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do short story creds matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: Do short story creds matter?

I considered writing short stories just so I'd have a publication to list in my query letter. Alas, my heart wasn't in it and I couldn't make myself do it, so I'll be sending out queries with a teeny, tiny third paragraph. Oh well, we'll see what happens. I don't know, kristi, it is probably worse ...
by r louis scott
March 4th, 2010, 9:38 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Action, anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 4140

Re: Action, anyone?

Maybe "action" is the wrong word. How about "crisis" instead?

jkmcdonnell and bron echo my sentiments in this regard. I think it's critical to draw the reader in on those first few pages. How many times have you seen someone at the bookstore read the first page and put the book back on the shelf?
by r louis scott
March 2nd, 2010, 12:52 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection: how do you know if it's the idea or the query?
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: Rejection: how do you know if it's the idea or the query?

Send your queries in small batches, say no more than ten at a time. Look at your results. If all ten are "no", adjust query and move on. Rinse. Repeat.
by r louis scott
March 2nd, 2010, 10:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do short story creds matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 2315

Re: Do short story creds matter?

I'm reminded of a quote from Miss Snark:

"A writing credit tells an agent that someone besides your mother thinks you don't suck."
by r louis scott
March 2nd, 2010, 10:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 7025

Re: Writer Conferences

This thread is pretty timely for me, as I am on the organizing board for the Historical Novel Society Fourth North American Conference. We have just announced San Diego California as the site for out next conference to be held in June of 2011. Even though registration won't be open until November of...
by r louis scott
March 1st, 2010, 2:44 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How do you stop taking rejection personally?
Replies: 37
Views: 8653

Re: How do you stop taking rejection personally?

Wait until you have over a hundred rejections before you question yourself. If you are getting personalized rejections you are actually doing pretty well!
by r louis scott
March 1st, 2010, 2:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Short story publishing?
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: Short story publishing?

I'll echo polymath's endorsement of duotrope. It can be a little tedious sorting through things without a high-speed internet connection, so I would recommend a very tight search to start with and then expand from that if you don't find something promising.
by r louis scott
February 26th, 2010, 7:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity
Replies: 7
Views: 1175

Re: Writing what you DON'T Know - Authenticity

I write historical fiction, and while I will admit to being on the Geezer Squad here on the Bransford Forums, I still don't have any direct memories of the early fifth century. So, how can I possibly write what I know? Well, I have a lifetime of reading behind me, both excellent fiction and interest...
by r louis scott
February 26th, 2010, 7:24 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97521

Re: Rejection Stats

I think that djf881 may perhaps be engaging in a bit of what is sometimes referred to as chain-yanking :)